Comments: Long history of commercial exploitation; pups and adults hunted chiefly for pelts but also for meat and oil (Katona et al. 1983, Reeves et al. 1992). Harvests formerly were in the 10,000s; now greatly reduced due to EEC import ban (Reeves et al. 1992). Still harvested in summer by Greenlanders, for food for humans and dogs.
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